Traffic at Frankfurt airport continues to climb

Monday 18, January 2010


Traffic at Frankfurt airport continues to climb


First Increase in Passenger Figures in One and a Half Years – Airfreight Up 29 Percent – Traffic Turnaround Definitely in Progress



Traffic figures at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) continued the pattern of recovery seen in previous months. Meanwhile, nearly all traffic categories are registering growth again. Well over 3.8 million passengers recorded at FRA, represent a 2.3 percent rise on December 2008. Fraport executive board chairman Dr. Stefan Schulte said with satisfaction: "Despite adverse weather conditions, this has been the first increase in passenger figures at our Frankfurt home base since May 2008. Thus, we have finally emerged from the trough of recession in the air transportation business."


Rising by 6.3 percent, intercontinental traffic again was the major growth driver in the passenger business – a growth dynamics not seen in many years.


The airfreight segment also continued its upward trend. Almost all traffic regions experienced double-digit growth in airfreight tonnage in December 2009. "Nearly 174,000 metric tons of airfreight represent a significant 29.1 percent gain over December 2008 and a fourfold increase over the 7 percent rise in November 2009," said Schulte. Handling 8,429 metric tons on December 13, 2009, FRA recorded its second-busiest day ever for freight throughput. FRA only handled more freight in a single day on September 17, 2006 (8,477 metric tons).


December 2009 figures also contributed to stabilizing traffic development on an annual basis. More than 50 million passengers used Frankfurt Airport from January to December 2009. "With minus 4.7 percent on a moving annual total, passenger traffic performed better than originally expected," explained Schulte. Forecasts in October 2009 had still been for a loss of between five and six percent.


Nonetheless, traffic figures for the full year 2009 declined overall. Airfreight tonnage dropped by 10.1 percent to 1.8 million metric tons. Airmail tonnage declined by a calculated 11.3 percent to well over 80,000 metric tons. Aircraft movements slipped by 4.7 percent to about 463,000 takeoffs and landings. Maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) shrank by 4.2 percent to 27.2 million metric tons. "Because of the reconfirmation of a clearly upward trend in passenger and airfreight traffic in December 2009, however, we are starting the year 2010 optimistically," explained Fraport's CEO.


In addition to increases in passenger and freight traffic, FRA also registered 0.7 percent growth in airmail to over 9,400 metric tons as well as in accumulated MTOWs by 1.4 percent to about 2.2 million metric tons. Only aircraft movements declined because of adverse weather conditions, falling by 0.9 percent to nearly 36,000 takeoffs and landings.


The Fraport Group's five majority-owned airports (Frankfurt, Antalya, Lima, Burgas and Varna) welcomed a total of 5.1 million passengers in December 2009, up 4.3 percent year-on-year. Cargo throughput (airfreight and airmail) at these airports rose by 24.4 percent to almost 205,000 metric tons.


Aircraft movements climbed by three percent to well over 50,000 takeoffs and landings.


In the face of the overall economic situation, the Fraport Group closed the 2009 year with a slight 2.6 percent drop in traffic to about 73.7 million passengers. Cargo also declined by 9.7 percent to 2.1 million metric tons.


Traffic Figures FRA

Traffic Figures Fraport Group




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